Academic options at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center are determined by the school in which the student is enrolled. However, whether a Rotary Peace Fellow is enrolled at Duke or UNC, each cohort of Fellows studies together in a required 3-credit-hour core seminar each semester, designed specifically to study an aspect of peace and conflict resolution.


Master’s Degree at UNC Chapel Hill

At the University of North Carolina, Rotary Peace Fellows study in the department or school to which they are admitted. Fellows have received master’s degrees from the following departments in recent years:


City and Regional Planning

Communications Studies


Folklore Program


Global Studies (Please click here to read more about the program which began in the Fall of 2014)



Political Science

Public Health (including degrees in Maternal & Child Health, Public Heath Leadership, and more)

Russian and Eastern European Studies

Social Work


Rotary Peace Fellows at UNC have the opportunity to take courses outside of their department at both universities in addition to completing departmental requirements. The UNC website provides detailed information on each department of the university, its requirements, faculty, and course offerings.


 Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) at Duke

Rotary Peace Fellows accepted at Duke University will study for the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). MIDP is a unique interdisciplinary program dedicated to the training of mid-career professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing and transition countries. The mission of the program is to provide top-quality, personalized education in international development policy and to make contributions to international social, political and economic development.

MIDP is a small environment with fewer than 50 students accepted each year, coming from all over the world. In addition to required MIDP seminars, students may take courses in other graduate departments at Duke University as well as at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Students design their course of study with the assistance of their faculty advisor.

MIDP employs faculty whose teaching, research, and consulting experience encompass a broad range of issues, including sustainable economic development, public finance, nongovernmental organizations, development management, community-based development, international trade, and environmental and social policy.

For a complete description of the MIDP program as well as admissions requirements, the curriculum and course descriptions, please review the MIDP website.


Rotary Center Core Curriculum

The curriculum at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center includes:

• Four to five core courses (for a total of 12 credit hours)
• Monthly seminars
• Applied Field Experience (summer internship)
• Professional development trip to Washington DC
• Annual Rotary conference

Core Courses

Whether a Rotary Peace Fellow is enrolled at Duke or UNC, each cohort of Fellows studies together in a required 3-credit core seminar each semester, designed specifically to study an aspect of peace and conflict resolution.  The current curriculum is as follows:

1st Year 2nd Year
Fall Cornerstone Seminar (1.0 credit hour; at Duke)ANDIntroduction to Peace and Conflict Studies with Professor Rosemary Fernholz (2.0 credit hours; at Duke) Human Rights and Conflict with Professor Catherine Admay (3.0 credit hours; at Duke)ORCapacity Development with Professor Frank Webb (3.0 credit hours; at Duke)
Spring Conflict Management: The Practice of Negotiation and Mediation with Professor Shai Tamari (3.0 credit hours; at UNC) Capstone Seminar (1.0 credit hour; at Duke)ANDIntroduction to Design, Monitoring, & Evaluation of Peacebuilding Interventions with Isabella Jean (2.0 credit hours; at UNC)

Monthly Seminars

The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center organizes 6-8 monthly seminars during the academic year for Fellows. These seminars vary but may include a private meeting with a major public figure, a professional development workshop (such as public speaking), or outside experts in the field of peace and conflict resolution. Some of our seminars are open only to Rotary Fellows while others are public events. Examples of seminars during the 2011-2012 academic year:

• Seminar with Edward Giradet, journalist and author, on “Journalists: a force for humanitarian action?”, which was video-conference with multiple Rotary Centers
• Lunch seminar with Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council on the topic of US-Iranian Relations
• All-day workshop on public speaking skills
• Panel Discussion at Duke on Collaboration between the Military and NGOs, with Lt. Commander Can Straub, Dr. Chris Seiple and US Ambassador (ret.) David C. Litt

Professional Development Trip to Washington DC

During the first academic year, all Rotary Fellows from Duke and UNC participate in a two-day professional development trip to Washington DC, which is organized in cooperation with the MIDP program at Duke. Fellows attend a series of informational meetings at the World Bank and numerous other NGOs and international organizations which are headquartered or have offices in the area. Time is also built into the schedule to allow participants to arrange their own meetings and interviews. This excellent networking opportunity is often the first step in arranging the required summer internship. All costs associated with this trip are covered.

Summer Internship

All Rotary Fellows must take part in a summer internship, also called Applied Field Experience (AFE). The AFE is a requirement of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship and is funded, at least in part, by the fellowship.

The AFE takes place at the conclusion of the first year of study, during the summer break. Most internships are for a duration of 8-12 weeks and give Fellows hands-on experience as a complement to the academic work learned in the classroom. Rotary Fellows arrange their own internships with assistance from the Managing Director, the MIDP Professional Development Coordinator and RWPF alumni.

Past Rotary Peace Fellows at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center have undertaken internships in organizations around the world, including:

• Partners for a Democratic Change, Washington, DC

• Grameen Bank, Bangladesh

• UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery, New York

• Institute for Historical Justice & Reconciliation, Netherlands

• UNICEF, Geneva, Switzerland

• Care International, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

• UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand

• Habitat for Humanity International, Costa Rica

• UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York

• European Commission to the EU, Vietnam

• World Bank, Washington DC

Annual Rotary Conference

Rotary Fellows at every Rotary Center participate in a one-day annual conference, during which graduating students present their master’s research to an audience of peers, faculty, Rotarians and the general public. The conference is the culmination of nearly two years of hard work by each Fellow at Duke and UNC. It is an exciting event which involves considerable preparation on the part of the Rotary Center Board as well as all of the Rotary Fellows. Click here for more information about the most recent conference.


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